CUL­TURE CAP­I­TAL!

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY MURAT OZTASKIN

Some of the world’s most em­i­nent chefs, artists, and bands are all com­ing to town. Here, the five can’t-miss events this Aspen sum­mer sea­son.

AS WORLD-CLASS CHEFS, ARTISTS, AND BANDS ALL COME TO TOWN, HERE ARE ASPEN’S FIVE CAN’T-MISS EVENTS FOR SUM­MER.

CAN’T-MISS #1: GASTRO-HUB

Al­ways the of­fi­cial kick­off to Aspen’s sum­mer sea­son, the an­nual Food & Wine Clas­sic cel­e­brates its 35th year in town with more than 80 sem­i­nars, talks, and tast­ings fea­tur­ing culi­nary all-stars from all over the coun­try, in­clud­ing Jamie Bis­son­nette and Ken Oringer (Bos­ton and New York), Chris Cosentino (San Fran­cisco), and Stephanie Izard (Chicago), as well as first-time par­tic­i­pants Ludo Le­feb­vre (LA) and Jonathan Sawyer (Cleve­land). Spe­cial pro­grams for this year in­clude a brunch at the Ho­tel Jerome, panel dis­cus­sions at the Wheeler Opera House, and a cus­tom ice cream fla­vor from Brooklyn’s Am­ple Hills Cream­ery. Time to start fast­ing… June 16–18; food and­wine.com/promo/events/aspen-clas­sic/clas­sic-main

CAN’T-MISS #2: LATIN HEAT

Fer­nando Al­lende takes multi-hy­phen­ate to an­other level. The Mex­i­can record­ing artist, movie star, and te­len­ov­ela main­stay, who lived in Aspen for 18 years, has also ex­pressed his tal­ents as a pain­ter, which are on view this sum­mer with an en­core ex­hi­bi­tion at Gallery 1949 (July 11–31, 402 S. Hunter St., 970-710-7138;

gallery1949.com). The show co­in­cides with his mu­si­cal per­for­mance at Aspen’s first an­nual Amer­i­can Dream Award Gala ben­e­fit­ing English in Ac­tion (July 12, Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena St., 970-785-8500; bel­lyu­paspen.com; en­glishin ac­tion.com). “This cause is ex­tremely im­por­tant,” says Al­lende. “Lan­guage is what will re­ally al­low the His­panic and Latin youth to [in­te­grate into] the main­stream.”

“LA­BOR DAY EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS LIKE A HOME­COM­ING FOR SO MANY CON­NECTED TO THE VAL­LEY.”

—jim horowitz

CAN’T-MISS #3: EAT YOUR ART OUT

Thirty top US gal­leries, in­clud­ing Nancy Hoff­man Gallery (New York City) and Yares Art (New York, Santa Fe, and Palm Springs), will fea­ture at Art Aspen, one of the “must-at­tend art events of the sum­mer for col­lec­tors, artists, and art pa­trons look­ing for mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary works,” says Donna Davis, VP of Ur­ban Ex­po­si­tions Art Group, which stages the an­nual fair. Ex­pected to at­tract more than last year’s record 6,000 at­ten­dees, this year’s it­er­a­tion will also part­ner with lo­cal Aspen restau­rants for a lux­ury on­site lounge and café, and will host a lo­cal gallery walk “to in­tro­duce fair­go­ers to Aspen’s thriv­ing [lo­cal] art scene,” says Davis. Au­gust 3–6, Aspen Ice Gar­den,

233 W. Hy­man Ave.; art-aspen.com

CAN’T-MISS #4: CHUKKER UP

Live and silent auc­tions join world-class polo when the Aspen Val­ley Polo Club hosts the sec­ond an­nual Chukkers, Cham­pagne & Caviar fundraiser, ben­e­fit­ing the Aspen Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, to help kick off the sum­mer polo sea­son. Just like some of the sport’s top ath­letes, Caribou Club will bring its A game, says AVHF Pres­i­dent and CEO Deb­o­rah Breen, show­er­ing guests in Cham­pagne and caviar. Game on! Au­gust 13, 970544-1302; as­pen­val­ley hos­pi­tal.org/foun­da­tion; as­pen­val­ley­polo­club.com

CAN’T-MISS #5: ROCK THE ROCK­IES

If Jazz Aspen Snow­mass’s June Ex­pe­ri­ence (June 23–July 1) cel­e­brates the ar­rival of sum­mer, its La­bor Day Ex­pe­ri­ence closes it with a bang. “It’s the per­fect mo­ment when alpine sum­mer melts into alpine fall,” says JAS founder Jim Horowitz. “The en­ergy is amaz­ing.” More so this year, JAS’s 27th, given the head­lin­ers: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Keith Ur­ban, and Ma­roon 5, who will rock Snow­mass Town Park with The Roots, Lake Street Dive, and more. Septem­ber 1–3, Town Park, Snow­mass Vil­lage, 970-920-4996; jaz­za­spen­snow­mass.org/ la­bor-day-ex­pe­ri­ence

Thrilling polo—not to men­tion Cham­pagne and caviar—proved ir­re­sistible to at­ten­dees at last year’s de­but polo ben­e­fit for the

Aspen Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, which re­turns this year as one of sum­mer’s

must-at­tend events.

clock­wise from top left: Keith Ur­ban head­lines JAS’s La­bor Day Ex­pe­ri­ence; the Food & Wine Clas­sic open­ing re­cep­tion; bites at the grand tast­ing; Caster­line Goodman Gallery dis­played work by Retna at Art Aspen 2016; The Skull (2017) by Fer­nando Al­lende, at Gallery 1949; Chukkers, Cham­pagne & Caviar.

Last word (from top): Draw­ing big crowds (and even

big­ger acts), JAS’s La­bor Day Ex­pe­ri­ence puts an ex­cla­ma­tion mark on the end of Aspen’s sum­mer; San

Fran­cisco’s The McLough­lin Gallery pre­sented a sculp­ture by Moto Wa­ganari at last year’s Art Aspen; Ma­roon 5 will head­line JAS’s La­bor Day Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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